Southwold approaches e-safety in a new way, by joining the nationwide peer education programme called Digital Leaders.
Digital Leaders responsibilities are:
To complete training on how to stay safe online
To run assemblies and parent workshops
To meet each half term to discuss key issues
To create promotion material such as leaflets and posters
Launching in September 2015, the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme aims to empower young people to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.
Four pupils in year 4 and 5 have trained to become Digital Leaders after joining an innovative new internet safety programme from a UK charity, Childnet International.
By signing up to the programme Southwold have joined an exciting online community, where we will access training and support from Childnet’s expert team, record achievements, and collaborate and share inspiration with schools across the UK. Now that they have completed the training, these pupils have become ‘digital leaders’, delivering impactful e-safety messages in school throughout the year through providing training, resources and activities.
Supported by Facebook and the European Union, the programme will also give young people opportunities to engage with leading technology companies and have a say in creating a better internet for the future.
The digital leaders have planned, prepared and delivered a set of assemblies on e-safety to both upper and lower phases of the school. They introduced themselves to their peers, educated them on the different areas of e-safety to be aware of and confidently fielded questions from the audience. They informed the rest of the school of their upcoming plans throughout the remainder of the year and asked for suggestions on ways in which they can help.